With summer 2013 well underway, we’ve seen some exciting movies already like Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, and This Is The End, but like any other summer movie-going season, we’ve seen our fair share of duds like After Earth. We still have a few more weeks of big summer blockbusters like Pacific Rim, but let’s look ahead to the next big crop of summer blockbuster movies.
Twentieth Century Fox announced a handful of new release dates for some of their upcoming summer movie fare. Let’s start with Independence Day 2. The sequel to Roland Emmerich’s alien invasion 1996 film will be part of the long list of highly anticipated movies being released in 2015 including The Avengers 2, Avatar 2, and Star Wars: Episode VII. Independence Day 2 will be released into theaters everywhere on (a very fitting) July 3, 2015.
Although it’s unclear if Independence Day 2 will be a two-part movie like Roland Emmerich and his writing partner Dean Devlin originally planned (with Independence Day Forever Part I and Part II), Bill Pullman is expected to return to the sequel film, while Will Smith would not.
Director Matt Reeves is taking over the new Planet of the Apes film franchise after Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt exited the project. The Apes sequel film boasts an ambitious storyline that takes place 15 years after the events of the first film. Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Caesar the self-aware ape, while new additions Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Judy Greer will join the film’s cast. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will rise in theaters on July 18th, 2014, which was pushed from its May 21, 2014 original release date.
The film adaptation of the widely popular Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed will feature Irish actor Michael Fassbender in the lead role, while he will also serve as the film’s producer. Assassin’s Creed will hit theaters on June 19th, 2015. Perhaps Assassin’s Creed will be the first good movie to be ever adapted from a video game franchise.
Other notable release dates from Twentieth Century Fox include X-Men: Days of Future Past, which moves from a July 18th 2014 to an earlier May 23rd, 2014 release. The new X-Men movie will now be released one week after Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot opens in theaters on May 16th.